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Hearing set for US general charged with sex crimes

RALEIGH, N.C. — The public is expected to get its first glimpse Monday at the evidence against an Army general facing court-martial on sex-crime charges, a rare criminal case against a high-ranking officer that has been shrouded in secrecy.

An Article 32 hearing is scheduled at Fort Bragg for Brigaduer General Jeffery A. Sinclair, who was sent home from Afghanistan and later charged Sept. 26 with a long list of crimes.

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The general was serving as deputy commander in charge of logistics and support for the 82d Airborne Division before being abruptly relieved during his most recent combat tour.

Charges against Sinclair include forcible sodomy, wrongful sexual conduct, violating orders, engaging in inappropriate relationships, misusing a government travel charge card, and possessing pornography and alcohol while deployed.

A Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Associated Press seeking the charging documents summarizing the evidence against Sinclair was denied by the Pentagon, which claimed the papers were exempt from disclosure.

Eugene R. Fidell, a cofounder of the National Institute of Military Justice, said the Army’s refusal to release the charge sheets could give the appearance Sinclair is getting special treatment and undermine public confidence.

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